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2019 Policy Advocacy Handbook

September 03, 2019

The Florida Native Plant Society’s Policy and Legislation Committee has compiled the 2019 Policy Advocacy Handbook for your use and reference.  As in previous years, we encourage you to engage with your local elected officials.  The next couple months your state legislators (Representatives and Senators) will be scheduling town hall type Legislative Delegation meeting.  Guidance on how to participate effectively in those meetings is an important element of the Handbook.  We will be providing the dates and locations of those meetings as they areannounced, county by county, on our Facebook events, Teamup Calendar, and emails to Chapter leadership.  Please refer to that information as soon as possible so the date of your delegation meeting is on your radar.

As in previous years, we also encourage you to invite you local legislator(s) on a field trip during which you can promote the importance of conserving natural areas through the Florida Forever Program as a way to advance the FNPS mission to conserve native plants and native plant communities.  Guidance on organizing and conducting such field trips in also included in the Handbook.  The fall months are an ideal time to organize such field trips because the weather is ideal and your legislator(s) will be at home in their districts rather than in Tallahassee.  It’s important to begin planning soon so you can engage with them before the beginning of the next legislative session in January.

We created the Handbook to assist you. Feel free to contact the Policy Committee if we can be of additional assistance.

Eugene Kelly, Policy and Legislation Chair
Florida Native Plant Society Board of Directors